Up & Coming Weekly

March 26, 2019

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12 UCW MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Gerry Buckley and Dewey Bunnell, the duo behind hit folk-rock band America, have thrilled music lovers nation- wide for nearly 50 years. To finish off Community Concerts' 83rd season, America will per- form at the Crown Coliseum on ursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. Buckley, Bunnell and former band member Dan Peek met in London in the 1960s. e trio formed their chart-topping group shortly after graduat- ing high school and have since released 11 hits and six Gold or Platinum albums. Today, America is comprised of just Buckley and Bunnell, but it is still going strong. According to Michael Fleish- man, Community Concert attractions director, audi- ences can expect "hit after hit after hit" at the April 4 show. "It's a really interesting group (with) a really interesting sound," Fleishman said. "ey're not just well-known in this country, but worldwide." Hits such as "Ventura Highway," "Tin Man" and "A Horse with No Name" gave America its reputa- tion as a rock standard. Fleishman is excited to welcome such a well-known band to the stage. "If you've been on the planet any length of time, you've heard these songs … ev- ery single one of them," he said. "ese are classic rock songs, and it's a group we've never had before … one we've looked at several times." From winning a Grammy award for best new artist in 1973 to being inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2006, it's no wonder the band is so highly sought after. America has collaborated with the Beatles' George Martin, Toto's Jeff Porcaro, the Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit and more. A short ceremony commemo- rating the newest inductee into the Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame will precede America's performance at the Crown. "Community Concerts is the creator and the producer of the Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame," Fleishman said. "It's going into its 12th year, (and has) done nothing but grow in stature and popular- ity over the years." e Hall of Fame was designed to honor those that have brought musical distinction to this community, said Fleishman. Members include local citizens as well as national celebrities, such as Randy Boone. e orga- nization continues to add to their number every year. "We've honored music teachers, people from the Cape Fear Regional eatre, churches for what they have done musically and for children, the Cape Fear Oratorio Singer and the 82nd Airborne Chorus for all they've done," Fleishman said. Known as Fayetteville's oldest art organization, Community Concerts has lived up to its name for 83 years. "We try very hard to put the 'community' in Community Concerts," said Fleishman. "(We've) done a lot over the years showcasing local artists onstage in combo with the artist." Community Concerts has a heart not only for aspiring musicians but also for children of all back- grounds. "We showcase kids onstage — we had a local choir in combo as backup for one of the songs for Foreigner, a school onstage as backup for Gladys Knight, and Voices of the Heart (performed)." e April 4 concert will also include an an- nouncement of this year's recipient of Community Concert's annual music scholarship, awarded to rising college freshmen in the community who display musical excellence. e Crown Complex is located at 1960 Coliseum Dr. To purchase tickets, or for more information, vis- it community-concerts.com/2018/08/13/america. Community Concerts welcomes rock band America by AVERY POWERS EVENT AVERY POWERS, Contributing Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com 910-484-6200. M A G A Z I N E Inspire. Educate. Empower. Celebrate. facebook.com/pg/WomensViewMagazine • 910-484-6200 Gerry Buckley (left) and Dewey Bunnell (right) have been making music together for nearly 50 years.

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